Modern masters, such as Gordon Hanley of Australia, use metalpoint to create amazing drawings. Silver is the most popular metal used with a stylus, but Gordon uses 24ct gold wire on prepared paper.

If you are patient and precise, you might want to try your hand at this “old” technique that was popular with 15th-century Flemish artists. Paper, the most commonly used substrate, is coated with an opaque white or tinted ground that is slightly granular to ‘grab’ the metal particles. Over time the metal tarnishes to warm shades that shimmer in light.